For dinner tonight, I made a fantastic Greek Style Quinoa Salad. I absolutely love greek salad (and all greek food for that matter), so I thought I would experiment and make something wonderful, sans the feta of course!!
Greek Style Quinoa Salad
1 c. quinoa
2 c. water
1 c. baby spinach
1 diced scallion
1 roma tomato, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 c. zucchini, chopped
1/4 c. oil-cured black olives
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp water
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp agave nectar (or your favourite sweetener)
pinch of sea salt
Bring water to boil. Add quinoa and cook according to the package directions.
As soon as the quinoa has finished cooking, add the spinach and onions and mix well. Cover and let stand for 5 - 10 minutes.
By doing this, you allow the spinach & onions to soften without losing all of their precious nutrients.
Tranfer the quinoa mixture to a mixing bowl. Add the remaining veggies and olives and mix well.
Now you need to whip up your dressing. Place all of the ingredients into a blender (or Magic Bullet works great for this) and blend everything up until smooth.
Add the dressing to the quinoa salad and mix well.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and then serve!
The subtle flavours of the dressing and raw veggies make this salad so refreshing!
Now I'm off to drink some decaffeinated green tea while I catch The Amazing Race.